Dayhome Dilemma

Tasha - posted on 09/11/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )




I currently run a private dayhome. Today one of my clients informed me that she is starting a new job and will only be needing me 2 days a week as opposed to her usual 4 and she is insisting I drop my rate in half. However this is where the situation gets sticky...I currently charge her $600/month for her 2 kids (1 full time and 1 just before school), and it works out to about 160 hours total a month. With her new job I'll have her youngest for 12 hour days twice a week and her oldest now becomes before and after school twice a week. She wants to drop them off at 5:30 in the morning and wont pick them up until 5:30 in the evening. It works out to about 5 hours less every week (140 hours a month as opposed to 160). I obviously can't drop my rate to $300 without having to pay out of pocket to care for these kids. As it is if I take it by an hourly rate I'm currently making $3.75. I feed them breakfast, lunch and snacks as required. Does anybody have any advise as to how I should approach this issue?


Dove - posted on 09/11/2012




Did you spell out the change in hours to her? Maybe it just didn't fully register to her that the decrease in your hours is so small..... Perhaps spell it out to her like you just did here and explain that you'd be happy to drop the price about $80-100/month (if that's ok with you) since you are only losing 20 hours/month of work... Get it all printed out for her. It's hard to argue with black and white numbers.

1 Comment

View replies by

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms